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Wed March 13, 2013
Arkansas Panel Debates School Choice Law Rewrite
A lawmaker says removing race as the main factor in deciding whether a student can transfer to another district would give parents more control on educational choices for their children, but opponents warn the idea could lead to segregation.
The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday debated Republican Sen. Johnny Key's proposal to rewrite a 1989 school choice law that a federal judge struck down last year.
Key's proposal removes the part of the law that the judge rejected.
Key said he'd wait until a later date before asking the panel to vote on his proposal. The committee has heard a competing proposal from Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott would allow districts to exempt themselves from the school choice program if they believe it would lead to racial segregation.